I've started a new blog about my attempt to learn the Japanese language. It will also include information about going through the process of applying to the JET Program (to work as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan)--and eventually, I hope, it will be about living in Japan. I applied for the program in December and recently learned that I have made it to the interview round. We'll see what comes of it. Even if I don't make it in this time, I will most likely make other attempts to go to Japan. The purpose of the blog is not only to write about those experiences, but also to hone my writing skills. I'm trying to become more concise and focused in my writing, and I believe starting a blog on a specific topic will help me to develop those skills.
Here it is if you want to follow it: http://hymnia.wordpress.com/